The award will be handed to the driver with the most pole position’s each season. If there is a tie, the trophy will be given to the driver with the most second places, third places and so on until a winner is confirmed.
It was tabled for discussion at the F1 Strategy Group’s meeting on December 9th and has now been added to next year’s regulations. The idea came out of a suggestion to award points for pole position. It was rejected by several team principals, so the president of motorsport’s governing body Jean Todt suggested the ‘FIA Pole Man of the Year’ award.
Had the rule already been put in place, Sebastian Vettel would have won it in four of the last five years, with Lewis Hamilton taking home the trophy in 2012.
The updated regulations also confirmed the introduction of double points for the 2014 season finale. Its introduction has sparked a negative reaction amongst fans.
Meanwhile driver numbers, which they will choose ahead of next season, must be visible from the front of the car as well as being placed on the driver’s helmet.
They have also changed the rules regarding cars leaving the track. Article 20.2 in the Sporting Regulations now states: “Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage. At the absolute discretion of the race director a driver may be given the opportunity to give back the whole of any advantage he gained by leaving the track.”
Teams will be given one extra set of prime compound tyres from 2014 onwards. However, they must use this extra set within the first 30 minutes of first practice on Friday and it must be returned to Pirelli before the start of the afternoon session. Teams will be able to use up to four drivers in the first session, opening up the option to use young drivers at the beginning of the session. These drivers must have their own car number.
The sporting regulations also confirmed that a single tyre supplier has been selected for 2014, 2015 and 2016 – which is expected to be the Italian manufacturer.
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